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SCL Health Uses Information Technology to Prevent Harm

July 10, 2014

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SCL Health
Brian Newsome, Director of Public Affairs

SCL Health Uses Information Technology to Prevent Harm
Health System Recognized as ‘Most Wired’ by American Hospital Association

DENVER (July 10, 2014) – A patient lies in a hospital bed, seemingly stable and content. Under the surface, however, something is wrong. The person’s blood pressure and other vital signs are subtly changing.

These early warning signs do not go unnoticed. The patient monitoring devices are integrated with an electronic medical record, which immediately alerts nurses and physicians that there is a risk of sepsis, a potentially deadly bloodstream infection. With such early notice, clinicians provide quick intervention before these minor changes create major complications. 

The use of information technology to spur early intervention is one of the many reasons SCL Health was recognized by the American Hospital Association as a 2014 HealthCare’s “Most Wired” organization. Published in the AHA’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the designation is reserved for hospitals and health systems that not only invest in technology and strive to meet federal requirements, but also strategically deploy it in ways that make hospitals safer and more efficient.

“For SCL Health, being ‘Most Wired’ is not about new gadgets or slick tools. It’s about ensuring the safest, highest-quality care for the people who rely on us,” said Chief Information Officer Dave Pecoraro. “Family members and patients will never see the vast inner workings of our IT systems, or the hundreds of people supporting them. What they will see, when we do our jobs right, is a loved one who benefited from the care we helped provide.”

SCL Health also provides MyChart, an online tool that allows patients to access their medical records and request prescription refills and appointments. Behind the scenes, SCL Health’s information technology is being used by physicians, nurses and therapists to consult and communicate in ways that reduce the risk of errors, avoid duplicating tests, and create conversations that improve care.

SCL Health’s hospitals are:
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center (Lafayette, Colo.)
  • Holy Rosary Healthcare (Miles City, Mont.)
  • Lutheran Medical Center (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)
  • Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver, Colo.)
  • St. Francis Health (Topeka, Kan.)
  • St. James Healthcare (Butte, Mont.)
  • St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center (Grand Junction, Colo.)
  • St. Vincent Healthcare (Billings, Mont.)

To read more about the 2014 “Most Wired” Hospitals, and see the entire list, you can download the press release here.

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.  Our $2.3 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our eight hospitals, more than 190 ambulatory service centers, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $250 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.